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DGHS issues alert at gateways over new Covid variant

DGHS issues alert at gateways over new Covid variant

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Sunday (Dec 25) issued an alert at airports, land ports and seaports as the new sub-variant BF.7 of the Omicron was detected in China and India. In a notification, the DGHS directed authorities of airports, land ports and sea ports to take all necessary measures including screening suspected people and following health rules to tackle the outbreak of the new variant of Covid-19 that infected many people in different countries.

At an online press briefing held on Sunday, the DGHS urged the people to wear masks in crowded places, wash hands frequently and take booster jabs as the national advisory committee alerted for a new Covid-19 variant.

“The new sub-variant BF.7 of the Omicron identified in China and India... the new variant already infected a large number of people in China while many people were detected with the new variant in India,” Additional Director General of DGHS Professor Dr Ahmedul Kabir told media during an online press briefing organised by the DGHS.

“The new variant is capable of infecting many people within a shorter period. So, taking a booster – especially for those with vulnerability, and wearing masks is a must,” he added.

The new sub variant of Omicron is four times higher transmissible and the incubation period is shorter enabling it to infect many people at a time, Kabir added.